In recent years, Tempe has become one of the most desirable cities to live in the State of Arizona, offering all the amenities and conveniences one could ask for in an urban setting.
Living in Downtown Tempe
Tempe residents have more than 175 restaurants, nightspots and retail shops available to them in Downtown Tempe, and there will soon be a new Whole Foods to add to that list.
Tempe serves as a crossroads for the area's other large communities, and it brings together the various transit options available in the Valley with the Light Rail, multiple bus lines, the Bicycle Cellar, and multiple major walking and bike routes. All these various transportation options available here allows residents to join the growing car-free movement without giving up access to the city’s major employers, cultural and recreational destinations.
Between the 330 sunny days per year, and the amazing desert landscape, Arizona tends to attract people who live an outdoor lifestyle. In Tempe, there are a whole range of activities available to the outdoor enthusiast. Here, at 421 W 6th St., residents are less than a mile from Tempe Town Lake which offers fishing, boating, kayaking, and rowing among other things. There are also walking and biking trails around the Lake, and festivals throughout the year at the Tempe Town Lake Park. Nearby at Papago and South Mountain Parks, there are hiking, mountain and road biking trails, rock climbing opportunities, and equestrian activities.
For the person who appreciates art and culture, Tempe has plenty to offer. Take in a musical at The Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, which is considered to be the last public commission of architect Frank Lloyd Wright; or go see a show at the Tempe Center for the Arts. The Marquee Theatre is host to everything from small local bands, to internationally known artists year round. There are also a number of local galleries and other venues to see a range of exhibits throughout the year.